We just received a really cool update from Michael Schack who’s currently on tour with Netsky (Boris Daenen). Micheal is responsible for keeping pace with the frantic drum and bass BPM that Netsky is known for. In our iPad user’s group magazine we asked Michael how fast he has to drum to which he answered, “The average tempo is like 175 beats per minute, but after an hour it feels more like 198!” More
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Graphic Designer Rob Ricketts has created a series of posters which teach you how to program a TR-808 drum groove for a well known song. Rob describes the posters like this, “A series of informative posters detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Each sequence has been analyzed and represented as to allow users to re-program each sequence, key for key.” More
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The results are in but if you were following the conversation on Twitter (#vdrumscontest) you probably already know that this year’s V-Drums U.S. National Champion is Pat Kennedy from Manor, TX. The Runner-up is Phillip “PJ” Hill from Milwaukee, WI. Patrick will represent the U.S. at the V-Drums World Championship 2 contest in Frankfurt, Germany in April, 2013. You can still check out their entry videos and bios here. More
As we head into this year’s V-Drums World Championship U.S. Finals it’s worth mentioning that every finalist has to incorporate the use of either an SPD-SX or an OCTAPAD® SPD-30 into their sets. Upon winning their semi-final competition, each contestant had a choice between these two units as their winning prize with the caveat of having to integrate it as part of their finals performance. Both units have tons of features that appeal to their legions of users.
Here are a few videos by Michael Schack demonstrating the SPD-SX and the SPD-30, Michael is Netsky’s touring drummer and also a Roland product specialist, demonstrator, and overall drum enthusiast. More
The Roland V-Drums World Championship U.S. Finals is only two days away. Meet this year’s finalists and watch the videos that got them here. Tell us what you think about their drumming chops and share with us your contest predictions. Think you can do better? We encourage you to start working on your video for next year’s contest.
Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #vdrumscontest.
U.S. National Finals
Live Performances by Thomas Lang an Johnny Rabb
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Pasic – Austin Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 5 – Austin, TX
- Doors at 6pm
- Event at 7pm
- Free and open to the public
- All ages welcome
Enter for a chance to win a free V-Drums kit an other prizes, or tune in here for the live webcast and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #vdrumscontest. In the meantime check out these four videos that Roland put together of last year’s event and previous performances by Thomas Lang and Johnny Rabb.
2011 Highlight Reel
OV Valle [Roland US] Artists Bruce Kulick, David Fishof, David Rosenthal, drums, Gene Simons, guitar, John Moyer, Kane Roberts, Kebyboard, Kip Winger, Lita Ford, Mark Fournier, Phil Soussan, Richie Cotzen, Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, Rod Morgenstein, Rudy Sarzo, Teddy Andreadis, Vince Neil, Zakk Wyld 0 Comments
David Fishof discusses Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp‘s history and it’s new permanent home in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Hotel. Since 1997, the camps have taken place in different cities in the United States, England, and the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. At Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp attendees, write and record music alongside famous talent, culminating in an event where attendees perform live on stage. More
On Saturday, September 29, our good friend, Brendan Buckley took a break from his very busy touring schedule with Shakira and Taiwanese super star Leehom Wang to judge the V-Drum semi final contest at Sam Ash in Torrance California. Sandwiched between tour dates in Italy and China Brendan had just one week in the United States before jet setting over seas. Besides the judging criteria, Brendan shares with us what he was personally looking for in contestants. More